This program introduces cardiac monitoring and the ECG, relating the cardiac cycle to the specific features of the ECG waveforms. Shows the 12-lead ECG; explains the Lead I and Modified Lead I configurations. Demonstrates the proper procedure for applying electrodes to the patient.
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
- Define cardiac monitoring
- Name the parts of the electrical conduction system of the heart
- State the function of the SA node and the AV node
- Describe depolarization and repolarization of the cells of the myocardium
- Name the waves of the normal ECG complex
- Relate each ECG wave to the corresponding electrical activity of the heart
- Demonstrate a fast method of using the electrocardiogram to estimate the heart rate
- Demonstrate how to measure a P-R interval, the QRS duration, and the Q-T interval
- Demonstrate applying the electrodes to the patient for Lead II and Modified Chest Lead I
The purpose of this course is to provide nurses with an understanding of the electrical conduction system of the heart, the portions of the ECG wave, and how to apply electrodes to initiate ECG.
4.0 CE for Nurses